The Biggie! Every year, during the last week of October, "pirates" invade Grand Cayman for the Pirates Week National Festival. Music, street dances, costumes, games, food and drink, "pirate invasion", Kids Day, glittering parade, sports events, Heritage Days, fireworks! Pirates Week National Festival is an 11 fun-filled, festive days in the sun with something for everyone, and a lot of it FREE! First it's fireworks, followed by a local song contest and then, almost every day for 11 days, Caribbean rhythms pulsate in open-air street dances until the wee hours of the morning. An authentic slice of the native Caribbean! A mock "pirate invasion" from the sea! Two old-time sailing vessels, loaded with "pirates" make a Saturday surprise landing at the bowl-shaped George Town harbour, as thousands line the streets to take part in the spectacle or just watch. It's good-natured fun, there's a new twist every year, and families just love it. Pirates Week is the only event of its kind in the Caribbean region. Go to their web site.
December: Many local residents put on elaborate light displays. One display is about 5 miles west from the Sunrise Villa (turn left from the Villa). Another great display is in front of the Sunset House restaurant (see our Restaurant Guide). Also in early December is the Cayman Islands Marathon.
Early May: Having started life as a single-day carnival nineteen years ago, Cayman Carnival Batabano has grown to encompass a full spectrum of events taking place over three weekends. Fans of the street parades, an essential part of carnival, will be thrilled that there will be two separate street parades this year, taking place over two consecutive weekends. Go to their web site.
August: Annual Cayman Islands Sand Sculpting Competition on 7-Mile Beach. Go to their web site.
For a complete list of events, go to the Cayman Islands Tourism web site.